Gandhi meets Naveen ahead of Prez polls

Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi met Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik at the BJD supremo`s residence here.

Bhubaneswar: Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi today met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the BJD supremo`s residence here, fueling speculation that the visit was linked to Presidential polls.

The Chief Minister`s Office here described the three-hour, one-to-one luncheon meeting as a "courtesy" visit.

There was speculation in political circles that Gopalkrishna, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, wanted Patnaik`s support for the July presidential elections.
Gandhi`s visit was significant as it came a day after media reports on certain non-UPA and non-NDA parties planning to support A P J Abdul Kalam for the Presidential polls.

The ruling BJD headed by Patnaik has 30,215 votes in the electoral college with 104 MLAs and 20 MPs.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who could also contest the presidential polls, had also met the chief minister here recently.

Patnaik is yet to make his stand known about whom his party would support for the post of the President and Vice-President.